Studies Support Use of Copper Water Bottles (Updated 2024)

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Did you know that recent studies show that drinking water stored in copper bottles is a safe and beneficial practice? In this blog post, we'll summarize those studies and explain how you can benefit from using a copper water vessel. Let's get started!

Research Studies

While the concept of storing water in a copper water bottle or other copper vessel arose centuries ago and has its origins in Ayurvedic principles, the practice is gaining increasing attention from the scientific community. In fact, several recent studies have substantiated  that drinking water stored in a copper vessel is a safe and beneficial health practice. In this blog post, we'll summarize the results of three recent scientific studies concerning the use of copper water vessels as well as a report from the World Health Organization.

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In one recent study, which was published in the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, scientists studied the effect of storing water in a copper pot on microbially-contaminated drinking water, including harmful bacteria such as E.coli and salmonella. In particular, scientists stored water contaminated with this bacteria in copper pots for 16 hours at room temperature. Incredibly, following the 16-hour storage period, the scientists were unable to recover any bacteria from the water. In addition, the scientists found that the water's pH level had increased, meaning that it had naturally become more alkaline. As other studies have shown, natural alkaline water has a variety of health benefits.

Significantly, the scientists also determined that the copper content of the water was less than 0.2 ppm (parts per million), which represents an amount far less than the permissible limit set by the World Health Organization ("WHO"). As the study states, “safety of leached copper does not appear to be an issue since studies have shown that the current WHO guideline of 2 mg Cu/L is safe” and the levels absorbed in the study were well within permissible limits.

The WHO's recent report entitled Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality identified an upper limit for consumption of copper in water as 2.0 ppm (or 2 mg per litre), which is far higher than the amount of copper found in the water that was stored overnight in the copper pots as part of the study. This evidence suggests shows that it is likely not harmful to consume too much copper by drinking water stored in a copper vessel, even when that water is stored in the copper vessel overnight or even for several days (more on that below). Nevertheless, we recommend using your copper water bottle in moderation and not storing the same water in it for more than 6 to 8 hours.

In another recent study, scientists again studied the effect of storing water in a copper pot on water contaminated with bacteria. In this study, the scientists incubated water with a colony of harmful bacteria and then stored the water overnight at room temperature in both copper pots and glass bottles. In the morning, the bacteria was no longer recoverable from the water that had been stored in the copper pots, although it was recovered from the water stored in the glass bottles. The study found that the water stored in the copper pots had also become more alkaline.

Significantly, the scientists also determined that while the water stored in the copper pots absorbed some of the copper overnight, the water’s copper content was less than 0.475 ppm, which is well within the permissible limits for human consumption and is thus safe for drinking.

In yet another recent study, researchers stored water contaminated with bacteria in a variety of different water containers, including copper and silver containers, in order to determine their efficacy at removing biological contamination from drinking water. The study revealed that the copper vessels had a significant inhibitory effect on the bacteria in the water after only a few hours of exposure. The scientists found that the pH of the water had also increased within a healthy range.

The scientists in that study also measured the concentration of copper in the water every 2 hours in order to determine whether the water remained safe for consumption. While the scientists detected a gradual increase in the amount of copper absorbed by the water, they determined that the amount still remained well within the permissible limits laid out by the WHO even after the water was stored in the copper vessel for several days.

The following graph from the report provides a helpful illustration of the rate at which copper was absorbed into the water. In particular, the data shows that the copper levels in the water remained within permissible levels even after several days. 

The conclusions of these and many other research studies support what Ayurvedic medicine has been telling us for centuries: that drinking water stored in a copper vessel can be a safe and beneficial health practice. We look forward to seeing more evidence in support of the use of copper water bottles as the practice gains increased attention from scientific community. If you are looking for a high-quality 100% pure copper water bottle, check out Copper H2O.

About the Authors: This article was collaboratively written by our team of researchers and writers with the benefit of all available scientific studies and other relevant literature. Our team of researchers and writers include experienced health researchers including a qualified medical professional. Please note that information in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Apr 05, 2020 • Posted by Copper H2O

Hi Swastik, thanks so much for your question! We have a great blog post about the precautions that should be taken when drinking from copper. Check it out here: We hope that helps!

Apr 05, 2020 • Posted by Swastik sharma

Any precautions while using a copper water bottle? Is it harmful under any specific conditions? Thanks in advance

Mar 09, 2020 • Posted by Copper H2O

Hi Michael, thanks for your question! A copper water bottle can be a way to increase copper content in your diet, but it is no substitute for a healthy diet with foods that are rich in copper and other nutrients. We have a great blog post on the top foods that are high in copper content. Check it out here:

We hope that helps!

Jan 26, 2020 • Posted by Copper H2O

Hi Angelo, thanks for your question! We sell 100% pure copper water bottles here: Let us know if you have any other questions!

Mar 09, 2020 • Posted by Michael Tobler

Does drinking water from a Copper Jug on a daily basis cover the RDA for copper ? I’m asking because I recently found out that I have low serum copper along with low levels of copper in urine.

Jan 26, 2020 • Posted by Angelo

So where do I get a real copper water bottle? Thanks in advance.

Oct 15, 2019 • Posted by Sani Stores Maimuna

Water stored in a copper container is incredible. It has worked on me for my vision, detox and it provides awakening energy.

Mar 04, 2018 • Posted by Copper H2O

Hi Trevor, thanks for your question! Water stored in a copper vessel will become increasingly alkaline the longer it remains in the copper vessel, and the speed and degree of the alkalinization process will depend on various environmental factors, including the temperature of the water and its original pH level. In general, the natural alkalinization process will occur a bit faster if the water is at room temperature or slightly warmer. Hope that answers your question!

Nov 26, 2017 • Posted by Trevor Churchill

What pH level will tap water reach when stored in a copper water bottle for 8 hours at 22 degrees C?

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